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Claire Payne is a journalism graduate and former News Writer for LSBF. She writes about SMEs, education and careers, entrepreneurship, women in business and sustainability.

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Finalists for Great British Entrepreneur Awards announced

October 19 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Finalists for Great British Entrepreneur Awards announced

Over 100 entrepreneurs from the UK have been announced as finalists in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, which are held in association with NatWest, celebrate the contributions and innovations of entrepreneurs in Britain and the impact that they have on the UK economy. 

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UK’s highest paid part-time jobs revealed

October 14 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

UK’s highest paid part-time jobs revealed

The UK’s highest paid part-time jobs have been revealed in new research from jobs review website Glassdoor.

The company gathered the data by looking at the total median annual base salaries for part-time workers in the UK. Whilst not every job listed is only part-time, the company used data on part-time workers. 

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Trainline launches new app for business travellers

October 13 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Trainline launches new app for business travellers

Independent train ticket retailer Trainline has launched a new feature in its app to help make travelling by train easier for business travellers.

The Trainline App, which offers features such as live journey updates and one-click refunds, now has a new business profile feature that enables businesses to separate business and leisure travel accounts. 

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Employees feel comfortable discussing mental health with employer

October 12 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Employees feel comfortable discussing mental health with employer

A third of UK employees would feel comfortable discussing mental health issues with their employer, according to a survey by Capita Employee Benefits.

The research, which surveyed over 3,000 employees in the UK, found that employees would feel comfortable discussing issues such as depression, whilst 31 per cent would speak to colleagues about taking time off work for mental health issues. 

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Salaries to increase in finance and accountancy roles

October 11 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Salaries to increase in finance and accountancy roles

Recruitment agency Robert Half has found that starting salaries for finance and accountancy jobs are expected to increase by an average of 2.9 per cent in 2017.

The company has predicted that starting salaries in finance and accountancy roles will rise across more than 100 roles.

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London accelerator achieves record number of female founders

October 06 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

London accelerator achieves record number of female founders

MassChallenge has announced that 42 of the 100 UK start-ups chosen for its programme are led by a female entrepreneur.

The accelerator, which is the largest in London, selected the companies using an unbiased application process.

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More Brits using technology in their business, survey shows

October 02 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

More Brits using technology in their business, survey shows

More UK business owners are becoming tech savvy and relying on mobile or web-based apps to run their business, according to a global survey by online accounting software company Intuit QuickBooks.

The study, which surveyed 2,000 business owners and managers globally, found that the UK is the most tech savvy, with 71 per cent using apps to run their business, followed by 59 per cent of business owners in the US, 68 per cent in Canada and 74 per cent in Australia. 

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More employers making life better for employees

September 29 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

More employers making life better for employees

More employers are introducing facilities and schemes to make life better for their employees, according to administration and consultancy services provider Barnett Waddingham.

The company’s Why BWell report, which surveyed 300 workers, showed that over 50 per cent of employees feel that their employer is helping them to achieve a good work-life balance. 

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Birmingham named most enterprising city in Britain

September 27 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Birmingham named most enterprising city in Britain

Birmingham has been named the most enterprising city in Britain in the 2016 Enterprising Britain Awards.

The Enterprising Britain Awards are run by Investment in Young People on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and celebrate local initiatives to support business and growth.

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Google launches Digital Garage for Scottish businesses

September 23 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Google launches Digital Garage for Scottish businesses

Google has opened a pop-up Digital Garage to provide small Scottish businesses with digital skills training.

The space is being provided in partnership with Glasgow City Council and will run until January 2017.

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New finance programme launched for small charities

September 22 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

New finance programme launched for small charities

Charity Finance Group (CFG) has launched a programme to help small charities manage their finances and provide support for community accountants.

The Small Charities Programme for England and Wales will be piloted this year and is set for a full launch in January 2017.

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£600k fund to support rural projects announced

September 20 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

£600k fund to support rural projects announced

The Prince's Countryside Fund, which was created six years ago to help improve rural businesses and communities, has announced a £600,000 grant funding pot to support rural initiatives.

The fund will help to support projects that provide opportunities, such as training for young and unemployed people, in rural communities. 

 

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£500 million fund to help Scottish businesses

September 14 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

£500 million fund to help Scottish businesses

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has revealed plans for a £500 million fund to help Scotland’s businesses over the next year.

The Scottish Growth Scheme package is designed to help the country’s small and medium-sized businesses to grow. 

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E-commerce firm targets UK start-ups and entrepreneurs

September 12 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

E-commerce firm targets UK start-ups and entrepreneurs

A Canadian e-commerce firm named Shopify is targeting start-ups and creative entrepreneurs in London for its new accelerator programme.

It is searching for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the e-commerce sector to participate in the Shopify Partner Accelerator and create more development professionals and web designers in the area.

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Funding organisation raises £40 million for start-ups

September 08 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Funding organisation raises £40 million for start-ups

Entrepreneur First has raised a £40 million fund to invest in start-ups that graduate through its programme.

The organisation provides pre-seed funding to help entrepreneurs build a technology start-up over six months.

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British Library to host “Start-up Day”

September 03 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

British Library to host “Start-up Day”

The British Library is to host a “Start-up Day” for budding entrepreneurs, to mark the tenth anniversary of its Business & IP Centre.

The library will be offering support and advice to entrepreneurs who attend the event, which will be free of charge and will take place from 10am to 6.30pm on September 27.

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Study reveals which companies offer the best work-life balance

August 31 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Study reveals which companies offer the best work-life balance

The companies offering the best work-life balance have been revealed in a new study from jobs website Glassdoor.

Banks, supermarkets, department stores and oil companies were amongst the list of top 20 companies featured in the study. 

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Small businesses boosted by staycation economy, survey shows

August 28 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Small businesses boosted by staycation economy, survey shows

More people are choosing to stay in the UK for a holiday instead of going abroad, helping to boost SMEs in the accommodation and food services sector, according to a survey from Barclays Business.

Data from the survey showed that 70 per cent of adults in the UK have been on or are planning a staycation, with the average spend per day increasing by over 6 per cent. 

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Women with children face wider pay gap, says research

August 27 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Women with children face wider pay gap, says research

Women with children face a wider gender pay gap than men, according to new research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

The research showed that the gap widens year on year after a woman has her first child, reaching 33 per cent by the time the child is 12 years old. 

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More workers pursuing business ideas inspired by hobbies

August 26 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

More workers pursuing business ideas inspired by hobbies

More workers are leaving their current job role to chase an idea for business that has been created by a hobby, according to research from Samsung Electronics UK in association with the CEBR and YouGov.

The research, which surveyed 511 micro-businesses, showed that 12 per cent of UK employees have abandoned their job role to become an entrepreneur and turn their “passions into pay cheques.”

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Opportunities need to be created for young people, says IPPR

August 25 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Opportunities need to be created for young people, says IPPR

Opportunities need to be created to help young people get into work, according to IPPR. Research from the think tank showed that the number of 16 to 17 year olds working in the summer has halved over the past 20 years.

Over 40 per cent of 16 to 17 year olds were working whilst studying in the late 1990s, compared to just over 20 per cent now, whilst the number of 18 to 24 year olds working in summer jobs has also declined.

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Ford CEO announces plans for driverless cars

August 18 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Ford CEO announces plans for driverless cars

President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, Mark Fields, has announced that the company are currently working to develop driverless cars.

Fields stated that driverless cars would have “as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago.” The announcement was made in the Silicon Valley area of California.

 

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House prices rise despite post-Brexit crash prediction

August 17 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

House prices rise despite post-Brexit crash prediction

Figures released this week show that house prices rose considerably in the year to June, despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and concerns of an impending crash.

The statistics showed that the average UK house price had risen 8.7 per cent when compared to the same month last year - a rise which is almost four times the average annual rise in wages.

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Charities to benefit from Gift Aid overhaul

August 15 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Charities to benefit from Gift Aid overhaul

HMRC has announced that Gift Aid rules will be changed to give more flexibility to charity donors using online platforms and text messaging.

The new rules will make it easier for charities to comply with the rules and gives intermediaries a more significant role in providing Gift Aid.

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Four out of five transnational education institutions looking to expand

August 11 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

Four out of five transnational education institutions looking to expand

A recent survey has found that four out of five higher education institutions in the UK that offer transnational education are looking to expand their operations in the next three years. These are institutions that offer joint programmes, online programmes, have international branch campuses, and also offer dual-degree programmes.

The survey conducted by HE Global, which is a collaboration between the International Unit and the British Council, has found that several universities have made transnational education a part of their international or overall strategy with the aim of attracting more students. Also, this strategy comes as these universities see an increase in their income and also garner more of a name for themselves overseas. 

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